If you’ve been following on Instagram and Snapchat, you saw that I was in Cancun, Mexico last week. Mexico had been on my list for a long time; I was excited, but it wasn’t until booking the resort that I realized my vacation was during one of Cancun’s busiest seasons: Spring Break! I looked forward to relaxing poolside in warm weather, but I was dreading the fact that I’d be there with a bunch of
wild and crazy college students. To my surprise, the experience wasn’t bad. Here are some tips to surviving a solo trip to Cancun during the spring break season.
Know What You’re up Against
I never vacationed during Spring Break but had a general idea of what to expect: overcrowded pools, loud music, parties, and drunk people. At the end of the day, I made up my mind to just deal with it when the time came. During my stay, I didn’t get catcalled or harassed and most importantly, I was able to get my drinks without issues.
Stay on the Quiet Side
My resort pretty much had two separate sides: one for the party-goers and a quiet side for families. On occasion, I ended up on the party side to get some food, but the majority of my time was on the quiet side.
Take Advantage of Outside Excursions
One of the main reasons for traveling to Cancun was to visit the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and Tulum. After doing nothing on my first day, I booked full-day excursions with tour companies to these locations. I was able to do and see what I wanted and be around other like-minded people.
Use The Resort’s Amenities
Outside of the pool parties and clubs, my resort offered free non-motorized sports, golf and tennis lessons, a gym, casino, cooking and fitness classes, a spa and more. If your resort or hotel offers activities and amenities away from the “party zone”, use them and enjoy yourself.
Stay in Riveria Maya
If you have enough time to plan, avoid the crowds in Cancun and stay in Riviera Maya instead. You’ll pay a little bit more, but it is further away from the airport and hotel zone. Riviera Maya also has an older, more reserved crowd and there are areas that are less touristy to visit.
I passed areas smelling like beer and urine on occasion, but I enjoyed my Spring Break experience. If I ever get to visit the Cancun area again, I hope it can be with a group of friends.
View highlights from my trip below
Where have you been for a Spring Break vacation?